General :: Fastest "switch On -to- Ready To Use" System For Old Laptops?

Jun 30, 2010

i have an old laptop (compaq armada m700... a piii with 576mb ram!!!) which i seldomly use. i have always "wished" i could use this old (and slow and crippled) laptop to do something basic, very basic: to connect to the internet, browse my email, maybe download and read a pdf, watch some stupid videos videos (-not in hd, of course i know!)... and that's about it (no gaming, no office, no photoshoping, no anything else!). but i wanted to do that in style: fast and without hazzle -as 'in having to navigate thru somehow obscure prompt commands or similar!'.

i've tried installing a bare tinyxp... but yet it takes forever to start up, load... and be ready to navigate. i've also looked at the linux world -albeit i am clueless on this os- and i tried installing different flavours of ubuntu and others. unfortunately results weren't much better than with tinyxp -in regards of starting up and responding to user interaction in a reasonably and timely manner. lately i've hear about the (in)famous chrome or chromium or whatever... but it seems it's not going to be ready for a while just yet and it won't necessarely work on such old laptops like mine

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General :: 15.4 Inch Laptops Tend To Be Slightly Cheaper Than 14-inch Laptops?

Feb 8, 2010

15.4 inch laptops tend to be slightly cheaper than 14-inch laptops? Supply and demand? and if you do not mind answering another question, what's your perspective on uncle Larry eating Sun?

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Oct 2, 2010

How do I setup a host computer to accept display from laptops in a group of laptops?

I have a group of people each set to manage a specific task. I have a projector in the middle of the room hooked up to a computer. How can each user push their screens to the host computer? All computers are on a lan

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Jun 27, 2010

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Jan 29, 2010

Is there a faster way to search for a file containing a given string than using grep -re "string" /

This takes a long time to search through the entire system, so I was wondering if there is a faster way. I don't know the name of the file, just that it will contain a given string.

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Feb 19, 2011

I have an ext2 formatted disk (linux) and I need to reformat it to NTFS (windows). Problem is, I have to retain the 750 GB of data that's on the disk. What's the quickest (least number of steps) way to accomplish this? I do have a spare 1TB disk now to help with the transfer.

Background.I've been using XBMC Live for a couple of years, but with all the problems I've been having lately, I'm moving over to the Windows version. Unfortunately all of my media is stored on an ext2 formatted disk (not the same disk as the OS disk).I was thinking of loading up an Ubuntu live disk, and installing ntfs-config. Mount my secondary disk (already formatted NTFS), transfer the files, reformat the original drive, load windows and transfer the files back.

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Apr 8, 2011

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Mar 15, 2011

I'm trying to customise my netbook and my wlan is my only rock in the path of a fully open source supported netbook ... Plug and play in linux Here's what I need to swap/switch :

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Jul 6, 2011

i recently purchased my second laptop, primarily for linux. When i chose it, my main concern was battery life. Just to make a side note. When i say battery life, i mean how long the computer takes until the battery goes flat. Not how many years/ect it takes till the battery will no longer hold charge.

My new computer claims to be able to get 10 hours. Although it's a bit off, i get a satisfying little bit over 6 hours, from full charge. This is running Windows 7. I couldn't wait to put Linux on my new computer, i have, but it just isn't satisfying because i only get about 4 hours while running linux, tried three different distros, and all roughly the same.

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May 12, 2011

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Sep 25, 2009

I had Windows 7 RC installed and F10 on the same machine. HP 6730s Intel Dual Core. Everything was working fine and I don't remember doing anything special when installing Fedora 10. I decided to install F11 from DVD, installation went fine but after rebooting all I get is "non-system disk error or disk error. replace and strike any key when ready". I couldn't find any relevant post in this forum and googling I found that this could be a disk starting to fail but I don't thing this is the case here. I'm trying to reinstall just now, I chose to install grub at /dev/sda (default), should it be /dev/sda1 ?

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General :: Switch Between Computers Using KVM Switch?

Mar 14, 2011

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Jan 7, 2010

Here as I sit, happily with my Ubuntu and GNOME. I really like the GNOME in many ways. Alas, I admit that the desktop UI initializes in a meager .5 second really gets me. So why am I looking at KDE if I'm happy with this GNOME? Read on...Cause I'm not. I confess the GNOME isn't as pretty as KDE. Then I read a Slackware users' love of KDE (looking at you, ~sHyLoCk~), then I go on and read Linuz Torvalds criticism of GNOME. I see KDEs apps constantly being referred to as elite. And eyecandy? Well, GNOME has zip (not .zip ).Then I want to change something somewhere in the UI in gnome and I have to open a dreaded Registry Editor. I have had enough torture with that, with you-know-who, Mr. Gates! (Ok, ok, its Gconf. Whatever. Still has hives and strange string data, hiding away things...making things harder and more complicated).

So now I'm all for KDE right? Maybe. Every distro I have tried with KDE, Slackware (God of the Linux), Gentoo (Sabayon) [supposedly optimized for hardware for speed....hrmph...), Kubuntu (1:27 sec boot time), Fedora with KDE (Pathetic), BackTrack 4 (System_not_responsive) and a few others I probably have forgotten. Guess what?ower than molasses in January. Boot times 1 minute +... 10 seconds plus for an app to load up...Even the mouse gets choppy. GNOME distros? Fast. (well, a few of them are, anyway...)I've read distrowatch like an Almanac, scoured polishlinux.org...Haven't seen nothing.So I guess I'm going to ask you KDE fans, is there some obscure optimization thats needed?

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Feb 21, 2011

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Dec 8, 2010

I shut down my Ubuntu 10.04 (recently upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10 to 10.04) and moved it to another location with a different monitor, keyboard, mouse. When I booted, a screen came up stating:

Quote: The disk drive for /mnt/foobar is not ready yet or not present. Continue to wait; or press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery

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Jan 3, 2010

About finding the fastest booting operating system is out there.

I'm especially interested in Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Intel Moblin, and when my internet comes back tomorrow, xPud. I'm kinda freaked at Moblin though because there isn't an option to split the hard drive to account for its space, and even if there were, I'm freaked that a GRUB won't show up Ubuntu or even Windows 7

My requirements:

1. Boots up in 5-15 seconds on 1.3GHz processor/4GB RAM or within 10 seconds on a netbook which has 1.6GHz Atom and 1GB RAM

2. Has to have a good-looking window manager (so a customised Linux distro with something like Fluxbox/Blackbox is out). Something like what's in netbook designed OS's are good

3. Has to actually be able to run good on laptops that aren't netbooks, for I'm hoping to run the OS on proper laptops too

4. Can be propiertary, though open-source and free is good too and preferable

5. Has to have a GRUB so I can switch between Ubuntu/Windows 7/whatever fast-booting OS it might be or at least an easy way to switch between the 3. More preferable is that it comes as an .exe that can be installed inside Windows, like xPud

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Mar 19, 2011

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Jun 17, 2010

how to do i switch my system language?

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May 20, 2010

I need to change this laptop over to windows 7, but I can't unless it's NTFS, Someone said I could do this with a LiveCD or USB bootloader,

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Sep 30, 2010

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Sep 8, 2010

In the past I've install OS on CompactFlash and USB stick.CF was pretty quick almost as good as HD while USB was much slower.However my new box can boot a 6 in 1 card reader which uses MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD can anyone with experience of these formats advise what is the fastest to use for an OS?

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Sep 9, 2010

Recently did an apt update and upgrade to my CLI only Lenny server. Upon reboot I get an "ATA softreset failed (device not ready)" for all of my SATA drives. I noticed the upgrade changed the kernel to "Linux debian 2.6.26-2-amd64" (do have 64bit CPU).Once loaded to a command prompt I can assemble my raid 6 array with the command "mdadm --assemble /dev/sda to sdd" then mount it with mount -a. But transfers to the array areorribly slow ~1mbs.Upon reboot i get the same errors and have to assemble my array every time

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May 8, 2011

I am writing an script for sending emails with ssmtp email client in an appropriate form.I want to know how can I check mail server that I want to send mail to it if it exist and ready to receive email or if not log an error.

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Mar 17, 2010

I just get upgraded from F10 to F12. I am having problem with switching between users. The system would freeze up and the mouse would move unresponsively, could not restart system with Ctrl-Alt Del. When it freeze up, it doesn't give error anyway on next start.I suspect the problem is doing with Web browser, If one user using browser and switch to other user without logoff, it will freeze up when other using login.It seem working on following contion.

1. It seems ok when all users quit using browser,and it doesn't matter how many times you switch between users.

2. delete all other users and operate as only one user

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Jan 2, 2010

I have OpenSuSe 11.2 64-bit installed on my HP Compaq 6730s laptop. When I'm trying to switch user black screen appears and my system does not react on any key combinations (ctrl+alt+del; ctrl+alt+F7 ...). This was not reproduced before ATI driver installation.

# uname -a
Linux xela 2.6.31.5-0.1-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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Ubuntu :: Switch Themes In HP Mini's System?

Oct 15, 2010

I readily admit I know next to nothing about Linux - so I am pleading mercy here.

My HP Mini 1000 had to be factory reset and that means no more Windows XP on the machine until I can figure out how to install it via USB flash. The machine comes with, from what I can figure out, a modified version of ubuntu.

What I wanted to do was to change away from this iphone-like default GUI but I cannot find any menu options to change the theme (System > Preferences > Theme) There is nothing like that anywhere on the computer as far as I can tell. Nothing. The OS help file even says to go to these menus, but they do not exist.

Does anyone have any knowledge that may be helpful here? Am I going to have to install a completely fresh OS? Surely there is a way to switch themes...

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Mar 6, 2011

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Jan 28, 2011

I've already googled and I found how to find the fastest repo counterpart. The problem is all tips I found, talk about main repo. However I am interested in finding all counterparts (for each entry)[URL]he first line originally contained the main Debian repo, but since netselect-apt found the fastest counterpart, I changed this line to mirror.But -- what about the rest? How to find the fastest counterpart repo (mirror) for each line?

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Apr 13, 2010

The graphical package management tools like Synaptic have a nice feature where you can scan for and connect to the fastest server. I'm writing a setup script for minimal installs and would like to offer the option to scan for a fast server, does anybody know how to achieve this through the command line?

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Sep 22, 2010

how to find out second fastest repository server.

I know ubuntu will choose the best server for you by ping value, but it's not give you the ping value list.

For some reason, I don't want to use the server ubuntu choose.

Are there any method/software can show the speed list of ubuntu repository servers?

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